The Sandman

What happens when a little boy can’t get to sleep and discovers the astonishing reason why?

West Lothian author Andrew McLeish answers this question and more in The Sandman, an enchanting story of adventure, imagination, shocking cowardice, and giant underpants. By turns comic, fantastical, monstrous, and exceedingly silly, The Sandman is suitable for children of around 7+

The Sandman is Andrew’s first children’s book. After graduating with a degree in Philosophy and a career in Telecommunications, his day job now is in administration for the Scottish Government. It has taken him 20 years to produce. “I wrote the first version of The Sandman about 20 years ago,” he says, “reviewed it a couple of years ago, and could immediately see its shortcomings. So I decided to have another go, and completely revamp it. On the rewrite, I gave more attention to the craft and technique of writing, such as form and plotting.

“The novel is about a boy who can’t get to sleep. He’s an extension of me, really, as I’ve never found it easy to drop off. I suppose it’s easier to write if you can relate to your own subject.

“I’ve always hated getting out of my bed, so I’ve always hated alarm clocks. I used to own an alarm clock that ticked so loudly that it kept me awake, and I imagined one assuming monstrous proportions. That’s the central conceit of the book, and I took it from there and tried to think of a story around it.”

He has chosen to illustrate the book himself with quirky black and white drawings. “I like the simplicity and elegance of black and white illustrations,” he explains. “I don’t think children need elaborate drawings – their imagination fills in the rest.”

The Sandman is likely to prove popular with anyone who struggles to get up in the morning, or who wonders why they can’t sleep at night – and it won’t give you nightmares!

The Sandman is available from Amazon in both paperback and e-book formats

About Suse Coon

Suse Coon started life training to be an architect but ended up as a fashion buyer then civil servant. After some time out to bring up her family of three, she returned to what had been a hobby and entered the field of freelance journalism. After becoming regional correspondent, then editor of the orienteering magazine CompassSport, she formed Pages Editorial & Publishing Services. In this guise, West Lothian Life was launched, while Suse maintained a level of freelancing and wrote the award winning children's novel Richard's Castle. In 1999, Suse bought over CompassSport and found her time taken up pretty well exclusively with the two magazines. In 2004, West Lothian Life was expanded to form Lothian Life, however, the workload was too great. In 2006, CompassSport was sold and Suse concentrated on the web version of Lothian Life. Her hobbies include gardening, orienteering, sea kayaking and Tai Chi.
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